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Modded Android: A Space Odyssey

Mar 01, 2012, 14:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Nardi)

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for this link. ]

"?ve come to the conclusion that running a modified Android device is less like using a normal smartphone, and more like flying a spacecraft.

"For example, I routinely run my Motorola Droid at 1200 MHz, more than double it?s original clockspeed. For the most part, this works. Except that my battery will occasionally die within 3 hours of the device being taken off the charger (I usually get around 16 hours), the outside of the phone heats up to uncomfortable levels when watching videos, and there is about a 1 in 4 chance that receiving a phone call will completely lock it up. Managing clockspeed has become a delicate balancing act for me; I can increase power to be able to do more of the things I want, but need to be careful not to overload the system or else I?ll run into strange issues. Every time I move sliders around to control my device?s processor, I get the feeling I am adjusting the warp drive on some tiny little starship that may explode if I don?t manage my energy use properly."

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